Friday, January 12, 2007

Les serres D'Auteui

The Garden are made according to the French style. Avenue of De la Porte Auteuil. The garden is open every day of 10 am to 5 pm, autumn and winter and from 10 am with 6 pm, spring and summer.
Each year, the Greenhouses of Auteuil accommodate exposures devoted to remarkable plants: orchids, azaleas, plants carnivores, etc, as well as topics related to the horticulture or the history of the gardens.
During the summer, many concerts take place there because the greenhouses profit from excellent acoustics. The programs are available to the Town hall or by addressing to Management Parks, Jardins and Parks (3, avenue of Carry-in Auteuil, 75016 Paris. Tel.: 01 40 71 74 00).
A little history The Municipal Florist, renamed garden of the Greenhouses of Auteuil, occupies part of the grounds of the old botanical garden of Louis XV. The design of the greenhouses and the general organization of the gardens are the work of the architect Jean-Camille Formigé (1845-1926). Work began in 1895 and was completed in 1898, extended on more than 9 hectares. The principal entry of the garden of the Greenhouses of Auteuil, flanked each side of two traditional and sober buildings sheltering the services of the Management of the Parks and Gardens of the Town of Paris, gives access to a terrace overhanging an elegant floor to the Frenchwoman. At the bottom spreads itself, majestic, the large greenhouse with central dome, with its two wings decreasing height. This unit, one of most remarkable of the kind in Europe, shelters a palminarium in the center, a tropical greenhouse on the right and a greenhouse of exposure on the left. On both sides of the floor one discovers two blocks of six large greenhouses and two greenhouses houses, supplemented of a group of nine greenhouses, a greenhouse of multiplication and a house. Thanks to this structure, the garden raises annually nearly 100.000 house plants, green or flowered, intended for the decoration of the municipal buildings (Town hall, town halls of district). It also shelters of 1.800 kinds, species and varieties of plants of collection: orchids, begonias, broméliacées, ferns, ficus, azaleas and more…


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